By: Diane Benjamin
The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has decided to hold off paying the consultant to update the report on the $43 million multi-sports complex. You might be interested to see who is on the CVB Board: https://www.visitbn.org/contact-us/staff-board/
Lots of familiar name there!
Let’s go back to when this nonsense started. The FAA told the airport the soccer facility on their property had to go. The airport authorities told us it was because playing soccer there was too dangerous. That was never the reason, the FAA just wanted air related businesses, not kids. That was pretty clear by the number of times the lease was extended. Danger and kids don’t mix, yet the airport stuck with that explanation – until I got the scoop directly from the FAA: https://blnnews.com/2018/04/05/faa-cira-and-soccer/
Prairie City Soccer League knew since 1994 the airport wasn’t a long-term solution. Now jump to 2013, what they did between 1994 and 2013 isn’t known.
In August of 2013 a press conference was held at the Doubletree by a group called CAAY. (Citizens Advocating for Area Youth) Cute kids in soccer uniforms were the decorations.
They weren’t advocating for area youth, they were advocating for a Sales Tax increase to fund a $16,575,000 Community Center, a $14,925,000 Soccer Complex, and $500,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. The YMCA would relocate to the Community Center.
Meanwhile, the YMCA has raised money themselves and so has the Boys and Girls Club. The Soccer people sat on their hands until about 2018.
This is to remind you who wanted to raise your taxes, many of these people are still around:
Use this list to make sure no one on it ever gets elected to any office. Some of them already have. One of them voted for the Coliseum! https://blnnews.com/2017/01/28/coliseum-who-to-blame/